Hot Tips & Topics

We are dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive collection of relevant and up-to-date K-12 education news and editorials. For teachers, by teachers.

Classroom Management: 10 Ways to Deal with Difficult Students

Methods & Management for Middle School

 

10 Ways to Deal with Difficult Students

We all have those students who are habitually in trouble or are making trouble. This classroom management post is for all the teachers who struggle to reach those kids who snarl when you look at them, recoil when you are near them, and refuse to do what they are asked.

Here are ten classroom management suggestions on how to deal with these difficult students:

Stay in contact with parents

Make sure they know what is going on; how often he is in trouble, and what trouble it was. Create this bond and you won’t regret it.

Related Articles
Play is an essential part of child development, but with the Common Core State Standards being rolled out, how do we as teachers still be able to incorporate it into our high-demand day?
Play is an essential part of child development, but with the Common Core State...
Kids need the activity and break that recess provides, and without it they...
If you find you find yourself going through a little teacher burnout, just read these reasons below to give yourself a little pick me up.
If you find you find yourself going through a little teacher burnout, just read...
Students only know enough about tech that they need to survive – but they don’t quite know all that it make take to thrive.
Students only know enough about tech that they need to survive – but they don’t...
Whether in your grade, within your building, or across the country, teachers share the same responsibilities. The more we adopt “We’re all in this together” teaching strategies, the more we (and our students) will grow.
Whether in your grade, within your building, or across the country, teachers...

Use proximity to limit negative actions

When at all possible, place the student nearest you (hard when you are immersed in PBL) or stay within close proximity to him.

Have defined student expectations

Use the same steps to get the student on task and behaving EVERY TIME…i.e., ‘this behavior ALWAYS equals this consequence.”

Choose the best time to discipline

You can’t win when you try to call out a student in front of his or her friends. Back off until you talk in private.

Try to empathize with the student

I know it’s hard, because the kid is RUDE, but try to find out what is really going on. Can you get someone to talk to the student? The student might need to take a safe seat to re-group.

Build on common ground

Reflect on your relationship to see if there is any way you can relate to the student. Does the student play sports? In the Band? Have a sibling? Build on that and see what happens.

Utilize your teaching colleagues

Talk to your colleagues; has anyone been able to reach this student? If so, set up a meeting with the student and the teacher.

Make class work a non-issue

This is HARD, but take the class work out of the equation for a short time and work on the relationship…work the “work” back in later.

Try the peer tutor technique

Ask yourself- Is the difficult student good in one subject? Can he tutor a fellow student? Can he help someone else succeed? It works BOTH ways.

Never give up

No matter the behavior, don’t give up on trying to reach that student…the negativity may be a defense for something deeper. Keep up the good fight!

What strategies do you use when dealing with difficult students? Share with us in the comments section!